Conor Oberst's Album "Salutations" Due March 17; Full-Band Recordings with The Felice Brothers, Jim Keltner, Special Guests
Conor Oberst's album Salutations, a companion piece to 2016's lauded Ruminations, is due March 17. Salutations comprises full-band versions of the ten songs from that solo album plus seven additional songs. It was recorded at the famed Shangri-la Studios in Malibu and Five Star Studios in Echo Park with The Felice Brothers and the legendary drummer Jim Keltner, who co-produced the album. Guest performers include Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M. Ward, Gillian Welch, and Jonathan Wilson. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include instant downloads of "A Little Uncanny," "Tachycardia," and "Napalm."
Conor Oberst will release a new album, Salutations, on Nonesuch Records, on March 17, 2017. Pre-orders are available now on iTunes and the Nonesuch Store with instant downloads of the album tracks "A Little Uncanny," "Tachycardia," and "Napalm."
For a limited time, Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include an exclusive print autographed by Conor Oberst. The pre-order prints have sold out and are no longer available.
The album is a companion piece to 2016's lauded Ruminations. When Oberst wrote and recorded the songs on Ruminations, entirely solo—with just voice, piano, guitar and harmonica—he intended to ultimately record them with a full band. In the midst of putting together that band—upstate New York's The Felice Brothers plus the legendary drummer Jim Keltner (Neil Young, Jackson Browne, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and many more)—the passionate responses Oberst was getting to those first solo recordings, from friends and colleagues, encouraged him to release the songs as-is, in their original sparse form, as his seventh solo album: Ruminations, which was released in October 2016. The Sunday Times of London called it "the rawest album yet from the forever troubled one-time voice of a generation" and "political and very, very personal," saying Oberst is "one of the best songwriters around."
Meanwhile, Oberst simultaneously moved ahead with his plans to record with the band, heading to the famed Shangri-la Studios in Malibu to record Salutations—co-produced with Keltner and engineered by long-time musical compadre Andy LeMaster. Guest contributions come courtesy of Jim James, Blake Mills, Maria Taylor, M. Ward, Gillian Welch, Gus Seyffert, Pearl Charles, Nathaniel Walcott, and Jonathan Wilson.
Salutations includes full-band versions of the ten songs from Ruminations, plus seven additional songs, some from an additional session at Five Star Studios in Echo Park in fall 2016. Oberst, who is currently touring Europe, will tour the United States with The Felice Brothers as his backing band in celebration of Salutations beginning March 9 in his hometown of Omaha, with stops at Los Angeles's Greek Theater in May and Celebrate Brooklyn Festival in July. See below for all of the currently scheduled US shows. Oberst has partnered with Plus 1 so that $1 from every ticket sold will go to support Planned Parenthood and their work delivering vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people in the US and worldwide. Tickets for the March shows go on sale starting Saturday, January 21; tickets for the May and July dates go on sale starting Friday, January 27.
A video for "A Little Uncanny," directed by Josh Rawson (The Felice Brothers), may be viewed here:
Oberst says of the Salutations sessions: "Jim was really the captain of the ship and the spiritual leader of the project. We leaned heavy on his fifty-plus years of musical insight to get us to where we needed to be. He brought such depth and dignity to the proceedings that made everyone else involved rise to the occasion. It was a true stroke of luck that he got involved when he did."
|Mar 9||The Waiting Room Lounge||Omaha, NE|
|Mar 10||Madrid Theater||Kansas City, MO|
|Mar 11||Minglewood Hall||Memphis, TN|
|Mar 12||Cain's Ballroom||Tulsa, OK|
|Mar 14||Paper Tiger||San Antonio, TX|
|Mar 16||Luck Reunion||Spicewood, TX|
|Mar 17||Warehouse Live||Houston, TX|
|Mar 18||The Civic Theatre||New Orleans, LA|
|Mar 19||Cox Capitol Theatre||Macon, GA|
|Mar 21||The Orange Peel||Asheville, NC|
|Mar 22||Track 29||Chattanooga, TN|
|Mar 23||Variety Playhouse||Atlanta, GA|
|Mar 24||Bluegrass Underground||McMinnville, TN|
|Mar 25||The Pageant||St Louis, MO|
|Mar 26||The Englert Theater||Iowa City, IA|
|May 12||The Fox||Oakland, CA|
|May 13||The Greek Theater||Los Angeles, CA|
|May 19||ACL Live at The Moody Theater||Austin, TX|
|Jul 20||Celebrate Brooklyn!||Brooklyn, NY|
|Jul 21||The House of Blues||Boston, MA|
Tuesday, March 21, 2017Tuesday, March 21, 2017Record Store Day to Feature Allen Toussaint, Emmylou Harris, Randy Newman Vinyl Releases on April 22
Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record stores, is set to take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017, and included among the releases on that day are The Allen Toussaint Collection, a compilation of tracks from his first four albums in its first-ever vinyl release; Emmylou Harris's Queen of the Silver Dollar: The Studio Albums, 1975–1979, her first five studio albums on vinyl and a bonus 45 RPM; and Randy Newman's Lonely at the Top: Studio Albums, 1968–1977, his first five studio albums on vinyl and a bonus 45 RPM.
Friday, March 17, 2017Friday, March 17, 2017Conor Oberst's Album "Salutations" Out Now; Full-Band Recordings with The Felice Brothers, Jim Keltner, Special Guests
Conor Oberst's new album, Salutations, is out now. The album, a companion to 2016's lauded Ruminations, comprises full-band versions of the ten tunes from that solo album plus seven additional songs. Salutations was recorded with The Felice Brothers, legendary drummer Jim Keltner, who co-produced the album, and special guests. "The results are quite simply sublime," says Sunday Express. "This is songwriting of the very highest quality, Oberst’s lyrics rarely less than astonishing. Wonderful." It "works exceedingly well," raves Q. "Both retaining the spirit of the original yet also transcending it, this was a risk worth taking." "Salutations is an absolute treat," exclaims Drowned in Sound. The Independent says it's "probably the best work of the singer’s career."